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The Lengths Some People Will Go to For an Old VW

Posted February 06, 2012 9:50 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: volkswagen Volkswagen Microbus

Apparently, it's becoming tougher and tougher to find good Volkswagens to serve as the basis for a restoration. We say that because we've recently seen a couple of videos showing astounding rescues of VWs that were left for dead in hard-to-reach places. First, as pointed out by the folks over at Eastwood's blog is this recovery of a 1954 barndoor bus from a mountainside in Oberwallis, Switzerland. One has to wonder how exactly the barndoor got up there in the first place if it was necessary to get a helicopter to lift it out.

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02/06/2012 9:52 AM

"Recycle! The possibilities are endless!"

How strange that the Swiss, of all the world's peoples, should have waited so long to tidy the place up a bit.

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02/06/2012 11:25 AM

"One has to wonder how exactly the barndoor got up there in the first place if it was necessary to get a helicopter to lift it out."

For all we know, 55 years ago there may have been a dirt road there and was parked there.

55 years of ecological succession encircled it and there you go... it becomes a kids' tree fort.

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02/07/2012 7:00 AM

So that's where i parked it.

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02/07/2012 8:08 AM

Many years ago, my dad traded our camper trailer for a '61 VW bus. Mom was not impressed, but I was. That van was my make-work project for two summers.

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02/07/2012 8:16 AM

How did it end up dumped in Switzerland?

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02/07/2012 8:24 AM

Dad learned that no matter how good a deal might sound to him, Mom often came to a different conclusion.

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02/10/2012 11:38 AM

I had a 1962 microbus with sunroof and 19 windows (I think that was the number). Bought it new; great little vehicle; pretty unstable on ice and strong winds. Lost it in a divorce. Also had a 1959 Karmann Ghia. That got wrecked. I sure wish I still had them. They are now classics.

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